A few years back, Iowa started what’s become one of the best traditions in all of sports. After the first quarter of home football games at Kinnick Stadium, fans, players and coaches all turn to the Stead Family Children’s Hospital attached to the venue to wave at the young men and women battling for their lives. It’s an amazing seen.
This week, a company called 417 Helmets, which creates custom mini football helmets for customers, posted an awesome version of Iowa’s helmet that pays homage to the tradition.
If you look closely at the Hawkeye logo, you’ll see that it features both fans and the children in the hospital waving at each other. It’s great.
The creator, Judd Lasher, gave us some information on the lid:
“I basically designed that as my way to give credit to what is one of the greatest game day traditions. It’s so awesome to see all fans, players, coaches and officials put aside the intensity (irregardless of the rivalry) to recognize the children and their families. Those individuals are the ones in a battle. I love sports as much or more than the next guy, but, sometimes we all need perspective, and this tradition allows for that.”
Check it out, via 417 Helmets:
Hawkeyes children’s hospital “wave” tribute. Awesome tradition pic.twitter.com/9l89FWImhW
— 417 Helmets (@417helmets) May 31, 2019
If we’re being honest, the school should probably look into the idea of a helmet like this. Fans and players would love it – and it would continue to raise awareness about the tradition.
Iowa’s first home game this year will come against Miami (Ohio) on August 31 at 7:30 PM ET.